“Hope is not a strategy.”
I linger on those words.
I’m moved by their truth and ruffled by the underlying message that hope is for the weak, unfocused and unprepared.
Maybe it’s the word “strategy”. A word that brings to mind tactics, plans, and execution. Perhaps in the narrow context of getting stuff done, hope is not a good fit and definitely not a substitute for plans and action.
I can live with that.
But leadership is more than getting stuff done. Inspiration, vision, change, community, purpose, influence and many other outcomes of leadership leave room for hope.
Hope provides energy and optimism as we set out on the journey or step up to the challenge.
Hope encourages us to believe in ourselves, to get up after we fall and keep pressing toward the vision.
Hope gives us meaning, a light to guide us through the obstacles, pain, and difficulty we all face in our journey.
Hope tells us we can make a difference, even when the world says the problem is just too big and the resources too few.
Hope helps us to see the potential in others and provides the patience we need to invest in their growth and development.
Can’t we both express hope and pursue strategy?
I see hope as a source of strength. It’s part of who I am, how I think and how I lead. It offers a bigger picture. It brings color to the black-and-white world of targets and metrics.
Because I have hope…
I believe I can leave the world a little better for having been here so I stretch to do more, to give more.
I believe that this moment matters so I am more conscious of the impact of my choices and actions.
I believe the future is not written in stone so I am open to new possibilities, new ideas, and new encounters.
And I believe that igniting hope in others is one of a leader’s most important contributions.
Does hope have a place in your leadership?
“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.” – Joseph Addison